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Waterway rock

For a country that likes to do things bigger and better, here's a challenge.

For a country that likes to do things bigger and better, here's a challenge. Looe Key Reef in the Lower Florida Keys hosted the 23rd Annual Underwater Music Festival in July: where a troupe of scuba-clad rock legend imitators performed an underwater concert, playing guitars and a real keyboard as well as musical instruments sculpted by Florida Keys artist August Powers for the Underwater Festival.

An estimated 125 boats made the trek to Looe Key for this year's festival totalling over 500 people diving or snorkeling and just enjoying the sights and sounds of the Underwater Music Festival which included 16 pieces of specially created waterproof ‘underwater' art.

The marine music event has music broadcast underwater via Lubell Laboratory speakers suspended beneath boats positioned at the reef, and the playlist typically ranges from humpback whale song to the Beatles' ‘Octopus Garden'. The eccentric annual concert promotes preservation of the Florida Keys' unique coral reef ecosystem.

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